Review No.40. Highland Park 12 Year Old

You may be thinking why the image of the Highland Park 12 Year Old bottle is out of date.  Well, I last tasted this in 2016 and at that time it was this bottle that was in circulation.  Fast forward to 2018 and things at Highland Park have changed somewhat.  I  get the feeling it doesn’t take much for the corporations behind the distilleries to latch onto a good thing and then exploit it.  Nowadays, Highland Park are really really keen to let you know about their viking heritage, also they are really really keen on expanding their range.


Whisky: Highland Park 12 Year Old Scotch Single Malt Whisky, 40% vol.

Nose: Grass, citrus, brine, smoke

Taste: Citrus, honey, berries, nuts, brine, smoke and oak

Finish: Smoke and oak

Score: 3

Summary: I like this Highland Park 12 year old, it has a lovely mix of fruit and smoke that is so well balanced you get the best of both worlds.  Whether you like fruity characteristics more than smoke or the other way around, I think you will like this.  One doesn’t dominate the other.  Unfortunately I cannot tell you how this compares to the newly packaged version, I am not sure if they have changed the liquid as well as the packaging. I have heard that there has been some changes, but intentional or not I cannot say.  This 12 year old has put Highland Park right on my radar and I was keen to quickly explore the rest of the range.  Next in line in their core range is the 15 year old but the price jump from the 12 year old is too steep for me to jump in head first.  There are other single malts out there for less that are worth exploring in my opinion.



Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,

1 – not to my preference

2 – tastes fine but does not excite me

3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally

4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf

5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf


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